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On 2-7-03 Anchorage Police Department reported that they hed art active missing person case involving Krtsten Snyder, and 
that there was information that she might be in Seward. Snyder was reported to be suicidal, Snyder's vehicle was located by 
AST on Lowell Point near the Millers Landing at 21 20 hours on 2-7-03. There was a note inside the vehicle indicating that Snyder 
was planning to commit suicide, ending with "no need to search for my body'. Due to information that Snyder had previously 
been kayaking out of Seward, a search of the immediate area and shoreline was begun that night. A full scale search began to 
be organized for the following morning. On the morning of 2-8-03 the Milters of Meiers Landing resort discovered a storage shed 
containing Kayaks and gear had been broken into and an old kayak was missing. The storage shed was dose to where Snyder's 
vehicle was located. 

On 2-8 and 2-9 a large search effort was conducted in and around Resurrection Bay. The search consisted of Alaska State 
Troopers, Seward area fire/EMS volunteers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Forest Service law enforcement, the Seward Police 
Department, the Civil Air Patrol, and friends of Snyder's, many of whom were part of an organized search and rescue team as 
part of the Nordic Ski dub. After two full days of active searching no sign of Kristen Snyder was located. The organized search 
effort was curtailed after that with only a planned C.A.P. flight of the outer bay beaches when the weather improved, The CAP. 
flight was accomplished on 2-1 4-03 with negative results. Snyder is fisted as a missing person with the Anchorage Police 
Department (APD case 03-6966} and with the State Missing Persons Clearinghouse. 



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FROM E DET CROWN POINT POST 9072882446 (TUE)JAN 4 2011 7I48/ST. 7: 48/No, 7500000515 P 

DE0-03-20IQ FRJ 08 :05 AH DPS/JUKEAU RECORDS I [0 FAX NO. 907 465 5327 p, 04 




STATE OF ALASKA 

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INITIAL INFORMATION/MISSING PERSON ALERT: 

On 2/7/03 at approximately 1900 tins. I was departing Seward for Cooper Landing when Seward dispatch told me of a 
missing person from Anchorage. The black Toyota pickup with Alaska plates SNYDER was suspected of being bound 
from Anchorage to Seward containing Kristin Snyder, who was listed as a missing parson by the Anchorage Police and 
possibly suicidal, I did not see the vehicle ort the Seward or sterling highways while driving to Cooper Landing. . 



On 2f5(Q3 I was called at home and asked start my shift early to participate in a Search and Rescue operation ongoing in 
Seward. Snyder's truck had been located overnight at Lowell Point I arrived In Seward at 1200 hrs. 

PARTICIPATION IN SEARCH PLANNING ON 2/8/03; 

l found a fully staffed search commend post and ground and aerial search efforts in progress, j attended an in-progress 
briefing on the search and learned that Snyder had been missing from her home since the evening of 2/6/03. She had 
been depressed and suicidal and had kayaking experience in Resurrection Bay, Her truck had been found by AST the 
previous evening parked at the Miller's Landing kayak rental shed, where she had rented kayaks In the past. The shed 
had been found to be broken into, and a white homemade kayak missing. 

The US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang was already searching the east shore of Resurrection Bay. Ground searchers had 
searched cabins on Lowell Point and the trail from Lowell Poinl to the Tonsina Creek recreation area. Ground search 
teams with search dogs were still searching Tonsina Creek and Calnes Head. 

Snyder had been a member of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol, of which several members were present, and several of 
Snyder's friends were also present 

ai 1239 hrs. I contacted the USAF RCC to request use of the Seward CAP hangar and trailer at the airport. I arranged 
for their use and conducted initial coordination with the local CAP representatives. 

At 1259 hrs. I called the USCGC Mustang and learned that they were searching cabins in Thumb Cove and searching 
the shoreline, l also learned that the USCG RCC had dispatched a helicopter to assist in the search. 

AERIAL SEARCH EFFORTS: 

I met with AST Helo 1 at the Seward airport and from 1 330 to 1 630 hrs. we conducted an aerial search of the western 
shoreline of Resurrection Bay Including Tonsina Point, Cajnes Head, CaRsto Head, the Bear Glacier beach and Bulldog 
Cove, We also did an aerial search of the Fox Island shoreline and landed and checked the cabins at the Fox island 
Resort. We picked up two dog handlers and their dogs at the summit of Caines Head and returned to the Seward airport. 
We did not find any sign of Snyder. The dog handlers said that the only clue they had found was a set of recent 
footprint near the Calisto Cabin at Derby Cove. 

PLANNING FCR ^3/03 SEARCH: 

I attended a briefing at 1600 hrs. to recap the day's search. 

At 1 709 hrs. I called the USCG RCC to request the cutter and helicopter for the next day, RCC faxed the results of their 
open-ocean search and reported that the Mustang had searched cabins and shoreline in Thumb Cove and Humpy Cove. 

At 1750 hrs. i spoke by phone with Kenny Powers of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol, who advised thai l coordinate with 
Marilyn Scarborough, who was among the volunteers present in Seward. 



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PLANNING , FOR 5/9/03 SEARCH. CONTINUED: 

Scarborough had many years experience Kayaking in Resurrection Bay, and provided key information on search areas 
for the next day. 



CONCEPT OF 2/9/03 SEARCft EFFORTS: 

I was Incident Commander for the search efforts on 2;9/03. The intent of the day's search was to continue air and ■ 
surface search by the Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol, and also to insert ground search teams using Hefo 1 to more 
thoroughly search likely landing spots and cabins, A volunteer landing craft would also insert search teams to checK 
remote landing sites. 

The plan was Helo 1 to use volunteers from the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol and insert thorn onto beaches in Thumb 
Cove, south beach of Caines Head and the beach at Bear Glacier, Those teams would do a ground search for clues. 
Helo 1 would conduct a shoreline search to and from those locations. The private vessel would transport ground teams 
to Porcupine Cove and Bulldog Cove and conduct a ground search in those locations. The cutter Mustang was to search 
Kayaker's Cove, the eastern shoreline of Resurrection Bay to Cape Resurrection,. and Ragged and Fox islands. The 
USCG nelicopter was to search the western shore of Resurrection Bay to the tfp of Cape AiaJIk, around the cape and into 
Aialik Say. The Civil Air Patrol was to conduct a shoreline' search around the tip of Cape Resurrection and into Day 
Harbor Ground searchers were to again hike the trail from Lowel! Point to Tonsina Point , 

CHRONOLOGICAL SEARCH EFFORTS ON 2/9/03: 

0915 hrs, USCGC Mustang departs moorings en route to Kayaker Cove and Eldorado Nsnows. 

0030 Heto 1 arrives at Seward Airport, 

1000 morning search briefing at Seward council chambers. 

1012 landing, craft with 6 searchers departs for Porcupine Cove and Sulldog Cove, 

1045 USCG helicopter lands at Seward Airport with maintenance problems. 

1 102 first two man team departs for aerial insertion at South Beach. 

1131 Mustang reports searching cabin at Sunny Cove on Fa* island. 

1201 Heto 1 departs for Thumb Cove with two searcher for aerial insertion, 

1235 CAP departs Seward Airport on misslon. 

1250 CAP reports unabte to fly due to ceilings south of Foxlsiand, to grid search the bay, 

1300 Helo 1 departs for Beer Glacier beach with two searchers. 

1322 the landing craft reports clearing Porcupine Cove, en route to Bulldog Cove. 



1512 Helo 1 recovering ground teams to return to Seward. 



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STATE OF ALASKA 

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CHRONOLOGICAL SEARCH EFFORTS ON 2/9/03. CONTINUED: 
1515 landing crafl reports returning to Seward via Thumb Cove. 



1541 Mustang reports returning to port 



1645 all searchers accounted for. 
2'9/03 SEARCH RESULTS: 

VOLUNTEER LANDING CRAFT AND GROUND SEARCHERS. 

The landing craft went to Agnes Bay. conducted a shoreline search from there north to Porcupine Cove, and put 
searchers on shore there. After that area was searched, the crafl conducted a shoreline search north to Bulldog Cove, 
and put searchers ashore there. That area was searched on foot, and then the craft went to Thumb Cove for a second 
look at private cabins. No sign gf Snyder was found at any location. Experienced kayskers on this search effort 
expressed the opinion that based on (he sea conditions near the tip of Aialik Cape, that it was unlikely that a kayak could 
have rounded either AiailK or Resurrection Capes during the past few days. 



AERIAL INSERTION TEAMS 

One team went to Thumb Cove and searched the shoreline, woods and private cabins with no results. A second team 
went to the south beach of Caines Head and searched with no results. A third team went to the beach at the outlet of 
Bear Glacier and searched with negative results. Review of the search efforts showed that the Caines Head team had 
not checked the southern end of the trail to the fort site and the camping spot and the south beach. Helo 1 did not detect 
anything during its flights. 

CIVIL AIR PATROL 

The CAP flew a grid search at 500 to 700 feet aver Resurrection Bay from Fox Island north, with leg spacing of 5 
miles. They reported very good visibility on the surface and no clues found. 

US COAST GUARD 

The Mustang started its search at Kayaker Cove, and searched private cabins there. It went on with the cutter and 
small boat to search the sandspit on Fox Island, the east side of Resurrection Bay to Cape Resurrection and BarweH 
Island, around Ragged Island to Fox Island and a search of the cabin in Sunny Cove. It then conducted a grid search of 
the surface of the bay from Fox Island back to Seward. It found no clues. The helicopter remained at the Seward airport 
due to mechanical problems. At dusk, a replacement helicopter flew a shoreline search of Cape Aialik with negative 
results. 

GROUND SEARCHERS 

A team of ground searchers walked from Lowell Point lo Tonsina Point, and searched extensively tnere, with negative 
results, 



VOLUNTEER HOURS SEARCHED ON 2/9/0,3; 

Including CAP personnel, volunteers expended approximately 1 16 man-hours and 7 vessel hours. 



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STATE OF ALASKA 


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SEARCH _§FFORTS PLANNED FOR 2/10/53: 

Trie US Coast Guard withdrew Its assets for further search. The only ground search area identified as not covered was 
on trie south side of Caines Head. The CAP maintained its mission open for a shoreline search of Da/ Harbor and Aialilt 
Say when weather permitted. 



CONDUCT OF SEARCH QN 2/10/03 

At 0845 hrs I contacted Brian Mulialy at the Alaska Sealife Center and requested support with a ooat to transport 
searchers to Caines Head. I arranged for members of the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol to coordinate directly with MuHaiy 
for the search. 

At 1530 hrs t met with the searchers on their return to the Seward boat harbor. Five ground searchers and one vessel 
operator spent 3.5 hours searching Caines Head to south beach and the cabins in Derby Cove with negative results. 21 
volunteer hours and 3.5 volunteer vessel hours were expended. 



CONCLUSION: 

As of the end of 2/1 0/03, no sign of Snyder had been found in Resurrection Bay or the Seward area, 
remaining were a mission for the CAP to fry the coastline of Day Harbor and Aialik Bay, 



Searcn efforts 



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STATE OF ALASKA 


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03-9305 




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INFORMATION: 



On 02/07/03 at approximately 1900 hours Seward Dispatch advised me of a locate from the Anchorage Police 
Department (APD) for a missing parson and vehicle oul of Anchorage, APD reported that Kristin Snyder ana her black 
1 999 Toyota pickup, bearing Alaska license SNYDES, were last seen in Anchorage on 02/QS/03. APD reported that 
Snyder was suicidal and possibly headed toward Seward. 

On 02/07/03 at about 2100 hours Seward Dispatch advised me of a report of an abandoned vehicle, described as a black 
Ford pickup, in the Lowell Point area. 

OBSERV A TIONS: 

On 02/07/03 at 2 120 hours I observed a black Toyota pickup, bearing Alaska license SNVDES, parked at the and of 
Lowell Point Road In front of Miller's Landing. An APSIN/NCIC inquiry revealed SNYDES was registered to Kristin 
Snyder out of Anchorage. No person(s) were present inside the vehicle. The passenger side door was locked. The 
driver's side door was open with a key stlH placed In the door lock. Two hand written notes on two separate note pads 
ware observed resting on tfte passenger seat, A sheet of paper describing an "Executive Success Programs" was also 
on the seat along with a fuel receipt from Williams Express on Huffman Road in Anchorage dated 02/06/03 at 6:47 p.m. 

INVESTIGATION: 

Trooper Zabaia was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. 35 mm color photographs 
were taken on the vehicle. The notes and papers were taken as evidence, i contacted Sherry Miller inside of Millers 
Landing and questioned her about Snyder's vehicle. 

INTERVIEW #3j PQtf | . | . SHERRY MILLER: 

interviewed by Trooper Evanoff on 02/07/02 at about 2130 hour*, not taped. 

S. Miller stated she had not been out of the house or business much in the past two days and had not observed Snyder's 
vehicle parked on the road. S. Miller said she walked along the baacJi from her house to the business and had not been 
out on the road. S. Miller did not observe anyone or anything out of the ordinary In the past few days, 

INVESTIGATION: 

s. Miller contacted her husband. Mike Miller, by telephone working in a nearby garage. I spoke with M. Miller 
tclephonically about Snyder's vehicle, 

INTERVIEW #4PQ* I . I. MIKE MILLER: 

Interviewed telephonicaily by Trooper Evanoff on 02/07/03 at about 21 45 hours, not taped. 

M. Miller stated he beiiev^d he observed the black truck perked in front of thefr residence on Thursday morning, 
02/06/03. M. Miller thought he observed the truck to have movid once during the day. M. Miller did not observed anyone 
around the vehicle. 



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DEC-03- 2010 FR1 08=07 ftft DPS/ JUNEAU RECORDS I ID FAX MO. 907 465 5327 P. 09 




STATE OF ALASKA 

DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY 



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Alaska State Troopers 



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INVESTIGATIO N; 

Several ether employees and persons arrived at Miller's Landing and searched tins area surrounding the business. 
Trooper Zabsla and I conducted a ground search of the Immediate area which included the wooded areas, cabins, and 
the shoreline West of Martin's Road. Search efforts met wfth negative results. 

The Miller's provided the name of a cabin owner, Nina Cowell, who owns a cabin North of Mifler's Landing. On 02/07/03 
at 2331 hours I spoke with N. Cowelt tefephonically. 

INTERVIEW flg.PG* 1 . I. MIMA COWELL: 

interviewed telephonically by Trooper Evanoff an Q2/07/03 al 2331 hours from Seward AST, not taped. 

Cowell stated she knew Snyder and they have been friends since June. 2O02. Cowell saw K. Snyder last night, 02/06/03, 
at scout 1600 hours at the Westmark Hotel in Anchorage. Cowell said a bunch of them were there in a group and she 
believed Snyder left to attend a performance at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). Cowell said that Snyder did not seem 
quite right during the past few days, Cowell stated she needed to excuse herself and make some telephone caISs to 
some friends and asked If she could call the Troopers back. 



INVESTIGATION; 

l telephoned APD and provided them with the information about Snyder and Cowell. APD Lt Honeman called the 
Seward AST office and I spoke with him regarding Cowell and her reluctance to speak with AST about Snyder. LI. 
Honeman stated he would have an officer contact Cowell. 



Myself and Trooper Zabaia returned to the Lowed Point area end continued a ground search of the area. Cowell's. cabin 
was checked again as well as the surrounding waaded areas and shorelines. Efforts again met with negative results, t 
contacted Sgt. Anderson and advised nim of the details of the case. The United States Coast Guard was contacted and 
informed of the case, A Search and Rescue was planned to begin the following morning, 02/08/03, 

On 02/08/03 l assisted with transporting searches to and from their designated search areas. 



On 02/09/03 i flew as a spotter in AST Helo 1 .